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The Best Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

You know Hispanic Heritage Month has got to fun when it runs, unlike a typical month, from the middle of one month to the middle of the next: September 15 – October 16. That means we’re already halfway into this national hullabaloo. So no time like the present to check out the best way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in NYC.

And, no surprise, Catholic Charities Alianza Division is right in the thick of it here in New York City.

This past Saturday, October 1, we hosted a free Folk Arts & Dance Open House complete with salsa, merengue, mask making, drumming and more for the entire family at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in Washington Heights.

Here's video from the event:

But don’t worry. You’re not too late.

This Wednesday, October 5, you’re invited to a huge celebration at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center.  New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is hosting it and a slew of top Hispanic leaders will be honored.

Why Hispanic Heritage Month? That’s easy. Nearly one out of every five Americans today are of Hispanic or Latino origin and, as the honorees indicate, through commitment to family, faith, hard work and service they’ve made a profound and positive influence on our nation. 

Honorees include:

  • Justice Rolando T. Acosta 
    NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division
     
  • Senator Adriano Espailat
    NYS Senator
     
  • Richard Acevedo
    President, LCLAA Long Island
     
  • Betty Lugo
    Founding Partner, Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC
     
  • Nick Lugo
    President, NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
     
  • Dr. Betty A. Rosa
    Chancellor, NYS Board of Regents

Kicked off in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the anniversary of independence of five Latin America countries:  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Mexico and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza) is October 12.

Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center’s mission is to:

  • Produce literary, performing, and visual arts programs
  • Support and strengthen community cultural programs and institutions in Washington Heights and Inwood
  • Serve as a home to local artists committed to enriching the lives of Northern Manhattan residents through the arts.

The Cultural Center is a multicultural project, celebrating Dominican, Latino, and Latin American cultures, with a special focus on Afro- Dominican artistic traditions in our own programming. The Center's physical space includes gala/exhibition space, two performing arts studios, a large multipurpose space, lobby exhibition space and a rooftop terrace.

Check out our October 5 celebration at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W. 166 St. NYC.

For a party this big you know space will be tight.

So RSVP to Dolores Capace, dcapace@osc.state.ny.us or call 212-383-2669 for the best way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

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